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6 Best U.S. Cities to Spend New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular times of the year to go out and celebrate, and the night wouldn’t be complete without explosive fireworks, lively parties and great food. Big cities in America host some of the greatest New Year’s Eve events in the world, putting their own spin on the holiday traditions.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve handpicked the top cities in the United States to spend New Year’s Eve, including where to stay, from 5-star luxury hotels to budget-friendly accommodation. Whether you want to see the ball drop in New York City or bask in the sunshine in Miami, these places are perfect for popping the champagne and ringing in the New Year.

Why You Should Visit New York City, New York

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New York City is arguably the most iconic destination in the United States to celebrate New Year’s Eve with its epic parties and the famous ball drop in Times Square at midnight. You can catch a live performance at Lincoln Center or dance the night away at exclusive nightclubs, while New York Harbor cruises offer family-friendly celebrations. 

Tips for NYE in New York City

  • Make reservations at a hotel or restaurant overlooking Times Square to avoid crowds and enjoy views of the festivities.
  • Celebrate in style on a boat cruise on the Hudson River, which typically offers drinks, food, live DJs and fireworks views.
  • Head to Central Park or Prospect Park for a more low-key fireworks celebration.

Best Hotels in New York City

New York Marriott Marquis

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New York Marriott Marquis offers a prime location for enjoying New York City’s top attractions. For views overlooking Times Square, stay in the Superior rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and one king-size or two double beds. They also feature coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and sofa beds.

You can celebrate from 48 floors above Times Square at The View Restaurant and Lounge, which will have a five-course meal, DJs, late-night bites and a live stream of the ball dropping. Post NYE, visit Crossroads American Kitchen & Bar for a breakfast buffet, the on-site Starbucks for coffee or stay in bed and browse the in-room dining menu.

Nearby Attractions

● Times Square (65 metres)
● Theater District (200 metres)
Rockefeller Center (900 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 340 – USD 911
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 1535 Broadway, Times Square District, New York City, United States

Casablanca Hotel New York City

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Just steps from Times Square, Casablanca Hotel New York City boasts numerous amenities, including complimentary breakfast, a wine and cheese reception every evening and a 24-hour concierge. You’ll also have access to a nearby New York Sports Club, which is perfect for burning off those holiday calories.

Sleep easy in the cosy Deluxe Room, which has a queen-size bed, double-pane windows and down pillows and blankets. Families can upgrade to a Premium Room with two queen-size beds or enjoy the extra space in the Mini Suite with two double beds and a sofa bed in the living room.

Nearby Attractions

● Times Square (39 metres)
Bryant Park (300 metres)
● Rockefeller Center (950 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 321 – USD 1,545
Guest Rating: 9.5
Address: 147 West 43rd Street, Theatre District, New York City, United States

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Why You Should Visit Miami, Florida

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Miami and nearby South Beach offer year-round partying and New Year’s Eve is no exception, offering plenty of choices to ring in the new year. You can attend celebrity-laden events like Pitbull’s Worldwide VIP Food & Wine Party, a live performance by Snoop Dogg at E11EVEN or Jonas Brothers concert at The Fontainebleau in 2019.

Tips for NYE in Miami

  • Enjoy classic Miami with a night of dancing at the Clevelander or watching fireworks at Nikki Beach.
  • Wynwood hosts a low-key New Year’s Eve party with fire eaters, DJs, artists, dancers and food trucks.
  • Visit Bayfront Park for a free, family-friendly event with music, food and fireworks.

Best Hotels in Miami

InterContinental Miami

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InterContinental Miami is set in the heart of the financial and business district, offering beautiful views of Biscayne Bay. Standard Rooms offer city or bay views, flat-screen TVs and coffee makers, while Executive Rooms add Miami skyline views and complimentary food at the InterContinental Club Lounge. For a separate living room, upgrade to a spacious Suite.

Get pampered at mySpa, which has a unique SpaJet2 hydro capsule and couple’s suite. You can also sunbathe on the rooftop pool deck or dine alfresco at Bluewater Cafe. For a romantic date night, head to Toro Toro for handcrafted cocktails at the Latin Spirits Lounge.

Nearby Attractions

● Bayfront Park (550 metres)
American Airlines Arena (1 kilometre)
Brickell City Centre (1.3 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 318 – USD 1,002
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 100 Chopin Plaza, Downtown Miami, Miami, United States

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

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Loews Miami Beach Hotel is an iconic South Beach hotel metres from the ocean. Admire the turquoise water from an Ocean View Balcony Room, which comes with a private balcony, mini bar and flat-screen TV, or celebrate like a celebrity in the Ocean View King Suite with Balcony. The latter boasts a separate living room and a furnished patio with ocean views.

Enjoy poolside pampering with the Pool Concierge team, rent a private cabana or hop on a banana boat. Exhale Spa offers specialty treatments, a full-service salon and fitness classes, while Lure Fishbar serves fresh seafood. Get the party started early with handcrafted cocktails at Bar Collins.

Nearby Attractions

● Lummus Park (1.2 kilometres)
Nikki Beach Miami (2.5 kilometres)
Miami Beach Golf Club (2.5 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 948 – USD 3,159
Guest Rating: 8.2
Address: 1601 Collins Avenue, Flamingo/Lummus, Miami Beach, United States

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Why You Should Visit San Francisco, California

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Known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco rings in the new year with its annual San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks show, which is a free event held on the waterfront. The Bay Area has plenty of events to choose from, including glamorous masquerade balls and clubs and bars with live entertainment.

Tips for NYE in San Francisco

  • For the best view of the San Francisco New Year’s Eve Fireworks show, head south of the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero.
  • Attend a 1920s-themed party with a swinging big band aboard the docked USS Hornet.
  • Hotel VIA hosts a rooftop New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball with fireworks views and complimentary Venetian masks.

Best Hotels in San Francisco

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a premier waterfront hotel, home to the world’s largest hotel lobby. Mingle over a signature cocktail or California wine at Eclipse Bar, then fuel up before your New Year’s Eve event with a snack-to-go at The Market or sit down for a full meal at Eclipse Kitchen.

City skyline views can be admired from the 2 Double Beds City View Balcony room, which has a private balcony, mini fridge and coffee maker, while waterfront views are on display in the 1 King Bed Bay View Balcony. If you’re travelling in a group, upgrade to a Luxury Suite for mid-century modern decor, a dining area and living room.

Nearby Attractions

● Ferry Building (400 metres)
● Embarcadero (700 metres)
Union Square (1.5 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 183 – USD 373
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 5 Embarcadero Center, Financial District, San Francisco, United States

Hotel Vitale

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Hotel Vitale is a luxury boutique hotel on San Francisco’s Embarcadero. All rooms include spa-style limestone bathrooms, honour bars and large workstations, while the Embarcadero Waterview King features a king-size bed and large windows with San Francisco Bay views. Perfect for entertaining, the one-bedroom Landmark Terrace Suite has a living room and private outdoor terrace with a heat lamp.

The hotel’s signature restaurant, Americano Restaurant & Bar, pairs soulful Italian cuisine with sweeping waterfront views, while the penthouse-level Spa Vitale pampers post-party revellers with rooftop soaking tubs. There’s also an on-site fitness centre and Lobby Living Room with an open workspace.

Nearby Attractions

● Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (350 metres)
● Chinatown (1.5 kilometres)
Exploratorium (1.8 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 256 – USD 1,160
Guest Rating: 9
Address: Eight Mission Street, Financial District, San Francisco, United States

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Why You Should Visit Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago offers an array of New Year’s Eve events for all types of revellers, from big bashes with open bars to more intimate gatherings. Hotels in the Windy City have gotten in on the action as well, including Hilton Chicago’s New Year’s Eve Soiree and Congress Plaza Hotel’s Chicago New Year’s Eve Ball.

Tips for NYE in Chicago

Best Hotels in Chicago

Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

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Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile is a family-friendly hotel with one-bedroom suites. Enjoy in-room amenities, such as living rooms with flat-screen TVs and kitchenettes with refrigerators and coffee makers, or upgrade to a Premium Suite for drinks and snacks replenished daily and a higher-floor view of the city or lake.

All suites include a full made-to-order breakfast perfect for curbing a post-NYE hangover and an evening reception to mingle with fellow travellers. Refresh with a dip in the indoor pool, then enjoy late-night eats, a full-service bar, large TV screens and vodka displays at Bellwether Meeting House and Eatery.

Nearby Attractions

Navy Pier (900 metres)
● Chicago Riverwalk (400 metres)
● Millennium Park (1.2 kilometres)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 112 – USD 497
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 511 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL, USA

The Drake A Hilton Hotel

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From New Year’s Eve 1920 to today, The Drake A Hilton Hotel has been a symbol of elegance in Chicago. The modern rooms feature flat-screen TVs and Serenity beds, while Deluxe Rooms add separate living areas and city skyline views. Couples looking for romance can stay in a Goldcoast Suite with Lake Michigan views and a whirlpool tub.

Cafe on Oak serves breakfast favourites overlooking Lake Michigan. HotelsCombined visitors also rave about the on-site Coq D’or, a legendary bar that opened one day after the repeal of Prohibition. You can also dine in the comfort of your room with sumptuous in-room options.

Nearby Attractions

360 Chicago (200 metres)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (450 metres)
● Navy Pier (1.7 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 116 – USD 2,128
Guest Rating: 8.4
Address: 140 East Walton Place, Near North Side, Chicago, United States

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Why You Should Visit Dallas, Texas

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Everything is bigger in Texas. The metropolitan city of Dallas embodies the state’s motto at its annual New Year’s Eve celebrations, particularly with 360-degree views of the fireworks from Reunion Tower. You’ll find plenty of other exciting events to choose from, including elegant sit-down dinners, late-night dance parties and family-friendly events.

Tips for NYE in Dallas

  • Dress fancy for the formal Dallas NYE Ball with DJs, life-size party games and “throwback” rooms showcasing 80s and 90s music.
  • Get a front-row seat to Reunion Tower’s fireworks show at the family-friendly Party on the Plaza.
  • Enjoy a champagne toast at midnight at the casino-themed Royal Masquerade Ball at West End Event Center.

Best Hotels in Dallas

Hyatt Regency Dallas

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Hyatt Regency Dallas is located downtown next to the iconic Reunion Tower, within walking distance from many of the city’s top attractions. Modern rooms feature Signature Hyatt Grand Beds, HDTVs and separate lounging areas, while some add downtown Dallas views. For a rooftop terrace with Reunion Tower views, upgrade to a Terrace Suite.

Enjoy the scent of oregano and wood-fired pizzas at Parrino’s, savour local Texas dishes at Centennial or treat your senses to fine dining and city views atop Reunion Tower at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Gather your friends for an evening at Monduel’s, which has 16 big screens and local Texas draft beers, then tuck into late-night snacks at Coffee’s Post.

Nearby Attractions

● Reunion Tower (42 metres)
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (700 metres)
Dallas Museum of Art (1.9 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 218 – USD 1,077
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 300 Reunion Blvd, Downtown Dallas, Dallas, United States

The Westin Dallas Downtown

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The Westin Dallas Downtown is situated within One Main Place, offering pet-friendly lodgings near shopping, dining and popular attractions. Swim in the indoor rooftop pool, then indulge in regional cuisines and handcrafted cocktails at Grill & Vine or try delicious Creole favourites at NOLA Brasserie.

Save money in the entry-level Traditional Guest Room, which features a king-size Heavenly bed, mini fridge and flat-screen TV, or upgrade to a Junior Suite for two queen-size beds. Looking to celebrate in style? The one-bedroom Deluxe Suite boasts city views and a separate living room.

Nearby Attractions

● Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (700 metres)
● Reunion Tower (1.4 kilometres)
The Dallas World Aquarium (500 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 330 – USD 524
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 1201 Main Street, Main Street District, Dallas, United States

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Why You Should Visit Denver, Colorado

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One of the best cities in the U.S. to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Denver hosts a variety of concerts, fireworks shows and family-friendly events. The fireworks at 16th Street Mall are a local favourite, while kids love the ball drops and rainbow confetti at Noon Year’s Eve, which brings the excitement of Times Square before bedtime.

Tips for NYE in Denver

  • Stay silent at Union Station‘s Great Hall Silent Disco & Light Show or visit the lower-level for a VIP Speakeasy experience.
  • For a lively night out, head to Resolution New Years Eve for three floors of DJs and themed entertainment.
  • Music lovers can attend Denver’s Grandest New Year’s Eve Party with local musicians and an open bar at Grand Hyatt Denver

Best Hotels in Denver

Kimpton Hotel Monaco

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Located in Downtown Denver, Kimpton Hotel Monaco evokes an authentic Denver cool. It’s home to one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, Panzano, and offers a nightly wine hour with five-minute chair massages from VEDA Salon & Spa. Stay fit in the gym or with your in-room yoga mat or detox in the spa’s sauna or with an in-room massage.

Couples will love the Spa Guestroom’s king-size bed, soaking tub and modern local artwork, while Monte Carlo Suites add cosy sitting areas. Live the Mile High life in a Luxury Suite, which features a studio-style space, wet bar, soaking tub and 17th Street views.

Nearby Attractions

● 16th Street Mall (350 metres)
● Larimer Square (850 metres)
Denver Union Station (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 166 – USD 254
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 1717 Champa St, Downtown Denver, Denver, United States

Hyatt Place Denver Downtown

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Hyatt Place Denver Downtown is set in the heart of Downtown Denver near shopping, restaurants and a lively theatre district. Say goodbye to 2019 with a toast at H Bar, a social space with shareable plates on its Sip + Snack Menu. After NYE, recharge with chef-inspired options at the daily breakfast or pick up a grab-and-go snack from the 24-hour H Market.

Marvel at the beautiful city or mountain views in the entry-level King Den High Floor, which features a Hyatt Grand Bed, flat-screen TV, mini fridge and blackout curtains. One-Bedroom King Suites add a dose of luxury with separate living rooms, sofa beds and full kitchens.

Nearby Attractions

Denver Art Museum (550 metres)
Colorado Convention Center (550 metres)
● 16th Street Mall (1 kilometre)

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 120 – USD 176
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 440 14th St, Downtown Denver, Denver, United States

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Celebrate 2020 in Style at These Top U.S. Hotels

To make the most of your New Year’s Eve, it’s important to situate yourself near the top parties and events, but it’s equally as important to find a quiet place to relax when you’re done celebrating. Welcome in the new year at one of these top hotels spread across the United States, which typically include on-site restaurants, chic bars and multiple room options.

Where in the U.S. do you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Let us know in the comments below.

Author: Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, I have been travelling with my battered backpack full-time for over a decade. My favourite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, wine tasting in Portugal, road tripping through Iceland, snorkelling in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert.

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